Laura Arnold

PhD Linguistics & English Language

Background

For my PhD thesis, I'm working on a descriptive grammar of Ambel, an endangered Austronesian language spoken in east Indonesia. I spend a lot of time working with native speakers of Ambel on the beautiful island of Waigeo in the Raja Ampat archipelago. The grammar will be based on an audio-visual corpus of Ambel, which I've been creating with the help of native speakers. This corpus will also help to document Ambel language and culture for future generations. 

Research summary

Documentary and descriptive linguistics, Austronesian languages, Papuan languages, historical and comparative linguistics, language contact, linguistic typology